Budapest, Balatoni út - Szabadkai utca sarok, 1223 Hungary
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Memento ParkStatues of Communist ideologues once dotted every city behind the Iron Curtain, but in the world's rush to forget the Cold War, such monuments are hard to find these days. Not in Budapest—once East and West came together in the early 1990s, the city decided not to destroy the evidence. It rather collected about 40 monuments of figures like Vladimir Lenin, valiant soldiers, and even a huge sets of boots from a statue of Stalin, and in 1993 put them all in a park about 25 minutes by bus from Budapest's city center. History buffs, especially, will find it worth the trek.
about 5 years ago
So, what do you do with all of your statues when the political system crumbles? Build a park to display them, of course. After taking a public bus to the outskirts of Budapest, I spent an enjoyable afternoon exploring Szobor Park, walking among these impressive examples of social realism. After all, where else can you spend the afternoon with Lenin, Marx, Engels and Stalin--well, his boots at least?